Sweet Smell Of Success (Book) BOOK
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Directed by Alexander Mackendrick
Produced in 1957
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - American film
High powered New York columnist J.J. Hunsecker (Lancaster) is determined to prevent his sister from marrying jazz musician Steve Dallas. He hires sleazy press agent Sidney Falco (Curtis) to do the dirty work.
Cat No: 0571194109
Format: BOOK B&W
- Screenplay by Ernest Lehman & Clifford Odets. Paperback.
by Anon on 22nd March 2002
In 1957 the world was changing. The Atom Bomb, the ‘teenager’, action painting resounded in the American imagination. In Hollywood the moral complexity and liberal sex... Read on
In 1957 the world was changing. The Atom Bomb, the ‘teenager’, action painting resounded in the American imagination. In Hollywood the moral complexity and liberal sexual mores of the European art film left their mark on the studio picture. Mainstream films like The Man with the Golden Arm, Vertigo and The Apartment dared to treat themes of bodily and spiritual corruption as issues of everyday life.
The Sweet Smell of Success revolves around gossip columnist J.J. Hunsecker’s attempt to destroy his sister’s musician boyfriend whilst press agent Sidney Falco grovels at his side. Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman’s Runyonesque banter is both as slick as the rainswept streets of midtown Manhattan and as suggestive as a Bergman chamber piece. Pulsing to Elmer Bernstein’s staccato jazz score, Mackendrick’s fresco of the New York media jungle remains one of the most fluent portraits of postwar America ever rendered by a European.